About An Incurable Insanity
Print Length: 376 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (October 8, 2013)
Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven… Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged them neatly side by side on the shoe rack.
She smiled. He had been mindful of taking his shoes off every day now. “I am not used to it, but I will if you want me to. It’s probably a good thing to do anyway.”
As he settled down, he would pick up the TV remote and, without looking at her, would say in his smooth baritone, “So how did you spend your day, anything interesting?”
Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.
“In Rao’s debut novel, an arranged Indian marriage sets the stage for an intimate look at the exasperating madness of love. The novel seems highly aware of its influences, using cultural expectations and delayed gratification in the same spirit, if not with the same deftness, as Jane Austen. An often intoxicating… will-they-or-won’t-they tale.” – KIRKUS
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About Simi K. RaoSimi K. Rao was born in India and has been living in the United States for several years. This book is her first foray into writing. The inspiration for the story came from what she has seen transpire among and within the immigrant community. Some of the experiences included are her own; some have been garnered from friends and casual conversations with acquaintances. She also writes poetry, is an avid photographer, loves to travel, and is a practicing physician. She currently lives in Denver with her family.
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This book was quite a pleasant surprise! I know very little about Indian Culture, so I had to look up a few words, but that also taught me new things! A big plus in my opinion! I really enjoyed this simple story of two people thrown together in an odd (from my perspective) situation. These were two very unique and excellently written characters that grow and learn how to be together and what they want out of life.
The writing was on point and very compelling. The characters were interesting and developed perfectly, and the story was paced JUST right. An Incurable Insanity, is a book you should clear your afternoon schedule for and tuck in. A great read!